Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine asked the Ohio Department of Commerce to stop the purchase and sale of Russian Standard Vodka in protest of the Ukrainian invasion currently underway.
The governor also said that Russian Standard Vodka is the only Russian-owned distillery that currently sells vodka in Ohio, and he wants to stop supporting them. The company sells vodka under two different labels, Green Mark and Russian Standard.
The state’s liquor control board estimates that the ban will remove around 6,000 bottles from shelves in the Buckeye State. The state currently licenses 487 liquor stores. It’s unclear as to whether the stores can leave the product on shelves at their own discretion, but many stores actually began removing the vodka before the governor took action. Imagery of liquor stores and patrons taking down Russian vodka or pouring it down the sink has spread across social media in the past few days.
In addition to the liquor mandate, Gov. DeWine declared Sunday, Feb. 27, as an Ohio Day of Prayer in honor of the people of Ukraine. The governor also decided to fly the Ukrainian flag at his state house today in support of their cause; as well as the Ukrainian immigrants currently living in Ohio.
Many American businesses are aiding the Ukrainian resistance efforts against Russia
Other private businesses in America have decided to “sanction” Russia in small ways, as well, for their military offensive. Social media giant Twitter suspended advertisements in Russia and Ukraine in an effort to elevate public knowledge and reduce possible misinformation or propaganda.
“We’re temporarily pausing advertisements in Ukraine and Russia to ensure critical public safety information is elevated and ads don’t detract from it,” Twitter announced.
Twitter also created a digital safety resource page to help individuals staying in Ukraine keep their information private. The company also emphasized an initiative to “proactively review Tweets to detect platform manipulation.”
They will also be “taking enforcement action against content” that misrepresents or presents a false view of information relating to Russia or Ukraine. In this digital age, social media platforms become the primary tool for spreading information quickly and efficiently. Twitter is used by both the Ukrainian and Russian governments to inform their citizens of updates regarding the invasion.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has tweeted in both Ukrainian and English. So, too, have other government agencies in the country. Russia has also been using government-run Twitter accounts to share information to its own citizens and the world at large.
“I just talked with a real friend of Ukraine – President of Poland Andrzej Duda,” Zelenskyy tweeted. “I am personally grateful to him, to the Polish people, for their effective concrete help in such a difficult time. Together we are stronger. Thank you.”